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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Brad Bathey (left) and Jacob Graber harvest cabbage in a high tunnel managed by ISU students enrolled in a graduate Horticulture Enterprise Management class at the ISU Hort Station north of Ames. For the first time, students are selling the produce to ISU faculty and staff, who can place orders on a new website and pick it up on campus once a week. Thanks to a special project grant from the Leopold Center's Cross-cutting Initiative, the new ordering system is now up and running. The Leopold Center also provided extensive support for development of this curriculum that offers students hands-on experience in managing a fruit and vegetable operation. See story in Inside Iowa State about this project.